• Sep 14, 2010
American fans of Formula One racing will recall all too easily the debacle surrounding the USF1 team. A promising venture from the outset, the team started and stalled, but – after securing a slot on the grid for this season alongside newcomers HRT, Lotus and Virgin Racing – ultimately proved to have bitten off more than it could chew. Rather than pass the resulting vacancy on to any of the other bids waiting for their shot at the big league, the FIA has reportedly opted to leave the slot open for another year, with plans to reopen the bidding process later.

Among the potential teams to submit their proposals to run off and join the circus for next season were Cypher Group (another American entry), Nicolas Todt's ART Grand Prix (winner of several GP2 and F3 titles), Epsilon Euskadi (whose bid had been rejected in favor of USF1 last season) and a collaboration between former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve and the Durango GP2 team.

Impressive and compelling entries all, but the FIA's World Motor Sport Council ultimately decided that none of them were suitable to join next year's championship. A wise choice, perhaps, considering the trouble that this year's new entrants have been having trying to keep pace with the veterans, but undoubtedly disappointing for those hopefuls. Whether the bidding process will be reopened again for 2012 remains to be seen.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would prefer 1 car per team and more teams added on..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really love F1 and I have been really happy to see the new teams this year, even though the pace of these teams is off more than the other drivers/teams would like.

      The real answer & solution from the FIA should have been to allow those teams to do testing throughout their initial 1st season. This whole ban on testing is complete garbage.

      I say sell the USF1 spot for next season and let them test, if anything is should make for a much more interesting season.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let big teams run three cars. Problem solved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can only imagine the ultimate chess game of team orders with a team running three cars in F1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I completely agree. i only see 1 large problem though. what would you do about points? it would be unfair for someone with 2 cars and someone with 3 cars. and if points didnt count on one of them would you have to choose that one before the race? or after ( being the lowest placed teammate). also they would probably use one car as a testing car which would also be unfair to other teams ( not lotus and hrt because they test anyways pretty much, im more worried for Renault and sauber and STR
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anything we need to remove some of the teams that are out there now. Lotus, HRT and Virgin for instance are all moving roadblocks and compared to the faster teams on some tracks go many laps down. Its just dangerous (as was shown by Webbers crash).
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, less diversity is not what F1 needs. Just look at what the WRC has become this year (I don't even know why they bothered, fingers crossed for 2011).

        Instead, they should adjust the rules to help out the new teams. Such as in-season testing of some sort for new teams. Expecting a brand new team to just come out and race with little to no testing and is just ridiculous and dangerous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lotus got lots of money behind them and for the next season actually time to build a car so lets see. I think next season especially Lotus should be able to actually perform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear autoblog, this happened a week ago. Please don't use old motorsport news to fill your daily quota. Much appreciated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you missed the memo on USF1 being banned from F1, like, forever. As much as I would like to see a US team, they were a massive failure from what's been covered about them. They didn't even come close to making it to the grid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In reponse to tjones1105